I remember the first batch of mobile phones and the advent of texting. Back then, only a hundred and sixty, space included, characters were allowable. So in order to save a peso, text messages were mostly done in shortcuts (there will be another note about drop calls). I perfectly understand why it is called SMS, short message service. I have no problem with shortcuts as long as I can read them easily. Easily means I do not have to decipher what the hell that word means or how the hell to pronounce it should it be spoken.
So fast forward to a decade, we say hello to unlimited texting and to keyboard phones, commonly known as QWERTY phones. Also, the character usage has increased quadruple to the original a hundred and sixty. Therefore, we can text all we want. Shortcuts are still welcome but nowadays, people prefer to type the entire word because, again, unlimited texting to all networks now exists and six hundred forty characters, space included, can already be used. We have in our hands, ladies and gentlemen a technology that is supposed to help us improve our communication with one another.
Yes, that’s right. Unfortunately.
Some of us prefer to go backward. Instead of using this technology to enhance ourselves, we take that for granted. Let’s take an example. Right you are, jejemons. These poor breed of humanity think that adding and/or subtracting letters to a word seems cute or cool. Again, I understand shortcuts as long as they are readable and not some kind of hierogylphical symbol I have to spend several minutes trying to interpret what it is. So going back, these sad subspecies of today’s culture has created a fad of writing that uses numerical symbols, excessive and unnecessary usage of punctuation marks, stammering in a text message, to mention a few.
I have to admit that I have finally tolerated the use of ‘q’ which means ‘ko’ in today’s SMS era. Still, it baffles me up to this day how the hell does the phonetic sound of letter ‘q’ similar to ‘ko’. I will not explain the difference because I know that while you read the former sentence, you will try out the sound and therefore will know why it’s wrong. I am not being picky about this because I am a communication student. And no, removing and adding a letter to a word (beh, bah are excluded because it does sound like it has an ‘h’ at the end when it is spoken so it’s fine) to achieve a certain level of cuteness is not and will never be considered cute or cool. Never. Let me cite another example.
I’m sure everyone knows what Operation Smile does, yes? Okay,for those who live under a rock, Operation Smile gives a chance to those who are born with a harelip get rid of it. Hare-lipped people are often laughed at because they cannot speak properly. They cannot pronounce certain letters of the alphabet. So these kind doctors help them solve that problem thru a free operation of getting rid of this facial disfigurement.
And here we have the jejemons, texting like harelips. It annoys me because I have to read it out loud and I sound like I have speech problems which I certainly do not have. I don’t get it. There are people who have fought so hard their entire lives to perfect their speech and here comes these group of fucking ignorant boys and girls pretending to have speech problems.
All I’m saying is, instead of advancing together with the technology that is so available to everyone, we should also progress with it. What is happening now, some of us have back tracked. No, this is not even an issue of socio-economic differences because I know several people who are jejemons and yet have finished school and who can afford things. It’s a matter of improving yourself in terms of communication thru today’s preferred form which is SMS.
This note might not be as coherent as it should be because I am sleepy but I just really needed to write it down. But I’m sure my smart friends understand what I am saying because they share the same sentiment. If I have offended someone… I don’t care, really. It’s my note. It’s my opinion and yes, I find you annoying. Please don’t text me in your jejemon lingo. I feel stupid trying to read it and I don’t like to feel like one.